Orlando

Two words: Gay Days. More specifically, Gay Days at Walt Disney World Resort®, an unofficial annual event held every June as a vacation celebration for the LGBT community, where red shirts and mouse ears come together in solidarity. Which brings us to two more very compelling words: theme parks!

Known the world over as the most preeminent theme park destination on the planet, Orlando is a city for every type of family every day of the year. The biggest stars of animation today all call this home, and rides to thrill take the place of the traditional “scene” of many destinations. You can set your heart racing all day long on the roller coasters, and keep up the pace through the evening with scintillating nightlife, including a plethora of LGBT bars, lounges, music venues, cafés, award-winning restaurants, and more.

If up-and-down need to be swapped for simply down (time), catch your breath at various eclectic coffeehouses, bistros, alternative clubs, 170 golf courses, and astounding spas and natural springs, or indulge in America’s most popular hobby: shopping! Do it right in the theme parks and their respective downtowns; actual Downtown Orlando, where you’ll find Lake Eola Park and its fountain and swan boats; the nearby outlet centers for national brands; and the Vi-Mi gay shopping district between Virginia Drive and Mills Avenue. For serious spenders, explore Lake Ivanhoe’s Antique Row for its collectibles and memorabilia, as well as its theater, or Winter Park for the toniest shopping in Central Florida. Of course, don’t forget to tour the gay neighborhood of Thornton Park, where funky shops and restaurants are interspersed between lovingly restored homes from the 1920s – 1940s. Essentially, it’s up to choose your theme in this theme park paradise, from real life to fantasy worlds, low-key to high energy, or romance to family.

Good to Know

  • Thornton Park is the most predominantly gay neighborhood, but all areas are well-mixed
  • Generally inclusive
  • Gay marriage legal since January 2015

Featured Resorts:

Seralago Hotel & Suites Main Gate East

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The Seralago Hotels & Suites, conveniently located only 3 miles from Walt Disney World Resort and Directly adjacent to Old Town Entertainment & Shopping Complex, offers guests an excellent location with close proximity to the attraction action! Location is not the only amenity this hotel has to boast about - The Seralago Hotels & Suites offers shuttle service to Walt Disney World Theme Parks, as well as Universal Orlando Resort Area, SeaWorld Orlando and the popul ...

The Villas Of Grand Cypress

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Villas of Grand Cypress offers luxurious suites and villas equipped with full kitchens and living rooms. Also featured are the championship golf, and dining. The resort is equipped with state of the art facilities and equipment at the Academy of Golf, where top-rated instructors are available to assist with every facet of your game. Endless recreation includes two pools, tennis, biking, hiking, rock climbing wall and much more. The resort is located just minutes from all majo ...

Walt Disney World Dolphin

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The Walt Disney World Dolphin is an Epcot Resort, offering on-site accommodations and numerous unique Walt Disney World Resort benefits. Enjoy unique complimentary transportation to all Walt Disney World Theme Parks and attractions, Disney character dining, priority seating at selected Walt Disney World restaurants, early park entry on selected days and on-site Disney ticket desks. 

Additional Resorts:

Tuscana Resort Orlando by Aston
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Tuscana Resort Orlando by Aston is a luxurious Mediterranean -style villa resort located within easy distance of Orlando, Florida's best attractions including the magical theme parks of Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World and LEGOLAND. All air-conditioned two and three bedroom condominium suites feature home-away-from-home comforts including a fully equipped kitchen, separate living and dining areas, DVD player, television in each bedroom, spacious screened balconies, ...

The JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
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Representing one of the most distinguished names in the hospitality industry, JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes draws upon architecture and influences of Spanish and Moorish features and coloration, as well as the majestic design reminiscent of the "grand" hotels and clubs of the 1900's.

Best Western Lake Buena Vista-Disney Springs Resort
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Located in Downtown Disney, this Lake Buena Vista hotel is the ideal place to stay for a Family Fun Disney World vacation. The Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel is an Official Walt Disney World Resort Hotel located within walking distance to Downtown Disney's shopping, dining and entertainment complex and offers continuous complimentary shuttle transportation to all four Walt Disney World theme parks!

Holiday Inn Orlando SW Celebration Area
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Holiday Inn Orlando SW Celebration Area, an Official Walt Disney Good Neighbor Hotel, is located just 3 miles from Walt Disney World Resort and offers complimentary scheduled shuttle services to Walt Disney World Theme Parks as well as the popular Lake Buena Vista Factory Outlet. While at the hotel, guests can relax around the heated outdoor pool while the children have fun in kid-friendly amenities including a children's outdoor pool, a kids playground or the game ar ...

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
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From sparkling galas in the ballroom to soothing treatments in the premier Spa to championship rounds on the green, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes has it all. Treat your- self to one of the true luxury hotels in Orlando, where a picturesque setting, outstanding recreational features, immaculate facilities, and unparalleled service come together to create a world-class resort. Experience a new kind of Orlando, set on 500 of Central Florida's most coveted acres at the h ...

Walt Disney World Swan
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The Walt Disney World Swan is an Epcot Resort, offering on- site accommodations and numerous unique Walt Disney World Resort benefits. Enjoy unique complimentary transportation to all Walt Disney World Theme Parks and attractions, Disney character dining, priority seating at selected Walt Disney World restaurants, early park entry on selected days and on-site Disney ticket desks. 

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